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York Cold War Bunker

Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
+44 1904 646940
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Ranked #12 of 135 Attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Winter opening: Every Sunday, admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, And 15:00.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I've wanted to visit this place for a long time, and wasn't disappointed. The guide was excellent, very knowledgable, and the information film was really good. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This place is tucked away a little out of York in a housing estate! It is a great place to visit, though. I would recommend finding out the tour times - the gates are shut and locked in between tours, which take around 45 minutes so time your arrival. Definitely a talking point on your return!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A highlight of my visit to York was Sung Evensong at York Minster, providing the opportunity to spend some time in quiet contemplation in the midst of the hurly burly of a busy city.

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Northumberland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We are frequent visitors to York and wanted to visit an attraction we hadn't yet been to. This was a great choice (especially as we were children when pamphlets advising us what to do in case of a nuclear war were commonplace) The young man who showed us round was excellent - he told the tales very well and was... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

The York Cold War Bunker is on the outskirts of York, blink and you will miss it tucked away behind a housing development. It's slightly strange when you arrive as it appears to be all locked up and you can't get in you have to wait by the gates until the tour times which are posted outside. The tour is... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

When we got there we were slightly disappointed that it was a tour only attraction and couldn't look around on our own but the guide was extremely informative...which to be honest is the only positive for me...on looking round, I felt rushed...there was plenty to look at and read BUT we got little Chance to do so, I questioned the... More

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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review

HI Ash, Thank you for taking the time to review York Cold War Bunker on Trip Advisor. I'm sorry that it didn't live up to your expectations. As a small attraction we do all we can to ensure that visitors have the relevant information before they visit. This includes putting the times of our guided tours on our own website,... More

leeds
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Firstly, the bunker at Raf Holmpton is better - if you have to make a choice between two Yorkshire bunkers. But with that opinion out of the way, it's worth highlighting the positives. Our guide, site manager Rachael, was informative and kept the whole tour interesting. Inside the bunker is very well preserved - mainly due Rachael keeping a very... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

While it did leave the kids with some scary images, it was definitely well worth hunting down this relic of the cold war. The guide was very knowledgeable and tailored her presentation to the family.

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zouch
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

visited this through english heritage card. just north of york in a housing estate there are no brown signs but trun near the carlton tavern big pub on the main york road. theres free parking at the end of the drive. tours are set for fri sat and sun currently until it takes off. the tour guide Ross was fantastic... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This was an interesting site and worth the visit. My only criticism would be that the hour-long tour seemed completely unnecessary. This site would be better as self guided.

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